I’m sure some of you are getting tired of my embroidery tutorials, so I have something else to share with you today!
- Wooden plaque (I got mine at Jo-Ann Fabrics)
- Chalkboard paint
- Burlap ribbon
- Staple gun
- Hot glue gun
- Scotch tape
Start by painting your plaque.
While the paint is drying, we’re going to move on to making the bow.
Without cutting your ribbon, make a loop.
Be sure to leave a long tail. The tail will be used to connect the bow to the chalkboard.
Here’s a closeup of the first loop.
Now, add a second loop.
Add a third loop.
Add a fourth loop.
All of the loops should intersect, and the finished product should look like this.
With your needle and thread, stitch all the loops together.
I like to use two stitches and make a little x/+.
You can cut the ribbon now. Just make sure you leave long tails.
Now take your thread and loop in between the top two loops.
Pull the thread taut to bunch up the ribbon and bring the top loops closer to the center of the bow.
Do the same for the bottom half of the bow.
Wrap the thread around the bow and stitch through the center a couple of times before tying and cutting off the thread.
Set the bow portion aside.
Cut a 3 or 4 inch piece of ribbon from your spool.
Fold the ribbon in thirds and hot glue together.
I like to only glue a tiny bit of the end portions so that the ribbon doesn’t become stiff in the middle.
Turn your bow upside down (the back should be facing you) and glue one end of the little ribbon in the center.
Have the top side of the little ribbon facing you and glue the bottom side (the side with the seam) down.
Wrap the ribbon around the center of the bow.
Pull taut then glue down.
Once the glue has dried, you can cut the excess ribbon off.
Turn your bow over, and this is what it should look like!
My ribbon was wired, so I was able to “fluff” the loops and arrange them how I wanted.
Back to the wooden plaque.
I’m a weirdo about chalkboard paint, so I gave my plaque at least seven coats of paint!
The bottle says you only need two, but I like to cover all my bases!
Once your plaque has dried, turn it over and place your bow upside down on top of the plaque.
Adjust your tails until you have them even and right where you want them.
Once they are in the correct place, use a little scotch tape to tack them down.
Use the staple gun to attach the ribbon to the plaque.
Once the staples are in place, you can cut the excess ribbon.
Turn your plaque over and it’s all ready to use!
I put mine on the back of my front door for reminders and little notes!
I didn’t want the chalkboard banging around when the door opened and closed, so I actually hung it with command strips and used little tiny hook to hold up the bow.
I couldn’t be happier with the way this turned out!
It perfectly matches my shabby chic apartment decor!